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there. including our ambassador. senator john mccain was just asking questions of general dempsey as well as of leon panetta and specifically asking them about drones. drones being a truly hot topic today in this hearing and the one later this afternoon with john brennan and the gentlemen there talking about the drone that showed up for the benghazi attack about an hour later after they got first reports of something taking place. leon panetta saying drones are not like a 911 system. joining me now is senator -- is democratic senator from connecticut richard blumenthal who was in that hearing. he stepped out to talk with us. he's a member of the foreign -- excuse me, the judiciary committee. we appreciate you taking time to come out and speak to us about this especially given the fact that there are two big hearings. leon panetta giving his remarks on benghazi. do you think hagel's confirmation will go ahead more swiftly that leon panetta has been there to testify? >> one of the requests made by a number of republicans was for a hearing on benghazi. there's a legitimate and urgent
testimony is when general dempsey, he testified with leon panetta, chairman of the joint chiefs and he said he was surprised when he was pressed that hillary clinton didn't read that all important august 15th cable, right, where chris stevens said we aren't going to be able to repel an attack in benghazi with what we have. he was pressed on that. surprised didn't see it yeah, i would say i was surprised. i thought that was interesting. because it looked like buck passing going on panetta and demps dr. from the state department. people are wondering why we didn't have armed aircraft in the vicinity. well, we didn't have enough time essentially saying the state department didn't request it. so, it all seems like fingers are pointing in the other direction. and i didn't learn all that much. >> here is what i think happened. and you can -- i don't want to do this anymore because nothing is going to happen. all right? nobody is going to be disciplined. nobody is going to be scolded. nobody is going it admit anything. the ambassador over there christopher stephens knew security was bad outside of
. >>> we just got this information. we gt an early look at the joint chiefs of staff, martin dempsey's testimony later today, he's going to acknowledge that the u.s. diverted a drone to benghazi within minutes of learning of the attack on the u.s. consulate. carrie, i guess we shouldn't be surprised. >> no. i mean, it's really fascinating. this is a program that really for -- until now the administration wouldn't even acknowledge exists. in their freedom of information requests put in by journalists, the journalists would get a response that the government would neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of memos that describe the legal basis for this program. so this is a really sort of fascinating turn that we're getting just a lot more information and, you know, the administration is acknowledging, you know, that this program is as comprehensive as this, even the fact that a drone was diverted to benghazi is just something that, you know, who would have expected. >> and nia-malika, this is the kind of thing that i think people expect, but there are 11 states considerin
hill along with general dempsey, joint chief of staff. there are live shots of the hearing on going. secretary panetta who is right next to him says the military pre pictures for all kinds of situations but there were no specific signs of an imminent aeu that being on the diplomatic mission in libya. he says there simply was not enough time to reach benghazi with enough fire power to prevent the murders of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. >> the inner agency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time, given the speed of the attacks for armed u.s. military assets to have made a difference. jenna: national skhaourt correspondent jennifer given is live at the pentagon watching the hearing as it happens. what is the tenure of the hearing this morning? >> reporter: i think what is most interesting, jenna is as soon as democrats take to the questioning they bring up a totally unrelated element, they start asking the secretary about sequestration, about budget cuts. when the republicans are at the helm you have senator lindsey graham right
. and then a long time passed before he got any updates. but, general dempsey said that the president's national security staff was being constantly updated. so top staff members were in the loop throughout the whole thing. good enough? >> probably not. i think up until yesterday this benghazi story had been about hillary clinton, about susan rice, about the state department. yesterday it became about president obama. and the question was, where was he, after having a prescheduled meeting in the afternoon on that day, secretary panetta spoke to him no more. i think what became clear with lindsey graham's questioning about possible military activity is that nobody in the pentagon would have ordered military act ship without a specific order from the president. and the president wasn't around. rick: i want do ask you both, we have about a minute and a half left. another story came out of these hearings. that is the president himself, rick, himself opposed a plan that was supported by pretty much everybody else in his administration, to try to arm the rebels in syria. what do you make of that? >> y
president obama and joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. that is live at 3:45. secretary of state john kerry will meet the canadian prime minister. the team so -- the keystone pipeline will be in the conversation. a rock obama's decision on the $7 billion will be the test of his a nod with a promise to act on change in his second term. there will be a news conference. that will be at about 2:30. a pro forma session at 11l0:00. 2:00 for legislative work. the chamber resources -- resources at 5:30. the house takes up a bill that will continue a pay freeze for federal workforce. watch the house live here on c- span and the senate on c-span2. >> having observed a steady improvement in the well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state of this union is good. >> once again, in keeping with tradition, i have come to report to you on the state of the union. i am pleased to report that america is much improved. there is good reason to believe that improvements will continue for the days to come. >> my duty tonight is to report on the strength of the union. not the state of
, four armed military assets to respond. that is not just my view or gender dempsey's view. it was the view of the accountability review board that studied what happened on that day. in the months and the tragedy, at the temporary mission facility in the nearby annex in benghazi, we have learned there were actually two short duration attacks that occurred is six hours apart. again, there was no specific intelligence that indicated that a second attack would occur at the annex located two miles away. the bottom line is this -- we were not dealing with a prolonged or continuous assault which could have been brought to win end by us military response. although we had forces deployed to the region. time, distance, a lack of an adequate warning, even said moved very quickly on the ground, prevented a more immediate response. >> tonight we will show you that hearing in its entirety, beginning at 8:00 eastern on the c-span2. >> there is no prescription or role model or cookbook for being first lady. if you look back at the lives of martha washington or abigail adams or dolly madis
with general martin dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs, very bluntly warned this country if sequestration goes into effect america's military readiness will be damaged in a very critical way. the navy has told us specifically what this means. 23 ships whose repairs are scheduled will be can delled. 56% of flying hours on aircraft carriers will be canceled. 22% of steaming days for the u.s. fleet will be canceled. submarine fleets will be canceled. we have the u.s.s. stennis and u.s.s. eisenhower stationed in the middle east to make sure that protecting the straits of hormuzz, they have to have aircraft that can fly -- hormuz, they have to have aircraft that can fly. they can't expect to carry out their mission. yet, in 23 days, because of inaction bay this chamber, we are putting again america's national security interests at risk. the bipartisan policy center, founded by bob dole and tom daschle, has told us we will lose a million jobs if sequestration goes through so those shipyards that are planning to do that repair work, they're basically going to get layoff slips. and we are debatin
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